With summer slowly coming to an end, we’ve been trying to make the most of the last few days of good weather and sunshine by finishing off a few outdoor projects like replacing the garage roof (yes, it still isn’t finished).
As the evenings are still warm, we’re trying so spend as much time outside as possible. The only problem is that it gets dark quite quickly and we still don’t have any outdoor lighting.
We have had all electrical work prepared for the outdoor lights, but there are a lot of things that need completing before we can actually add lamps.
Still wanting some sort of light, we decided that we could use lanterns to add a bit of a background glow to the garden. Instead of just placing the lanterns on the table, we decided to hang them from the wall.
Attaching the lanterns only took a few minutes and was as simple as just hammering a nail into the wall – it really couldn’t have been easier.
For ease as well as safety reasons we used led tea lights instead of real candles. It just makes life much easier and there’s no need to worry about spilling any melted wax when you take down the lanterns.
The lanterns obviously don’t provide enough light to completely light the garden, but it does add a nice warm background glow to the seating area.
Admittedly this project would probably look a lot better if the garden wasn’t a complete mess, there weren’t weeds everywhere, the pointing on the back wall wasn’t so worn and there wasn’t a load of rubbish lying around, but it’s a first step.
It may not be the most practical solution and we will of course be adding some electrical lighting, but at least we can sit outside now and see what we’re doing!
What kind of lighting do you have in your garden? Do you have lanterns, too? Or do you live in the modern world and have electricity?
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